Siuslaw News | Viking Athletics team win individual medals in Marist

April 4, 2022 — Both area high school track and field teams traveled to the valley last weekend for competitions. Each team won a handful of personal bests with a few first-place medals for good measure.

Siuslaw joined seven other Eugene schools at the Marist invitation. The boys’ team finished second, and many athletes from the SHS boys’ and girls’ teams had strong individual performances.

Mapleton’s small but mighty track team was in McKenzie for a special District 2 league meet. The Sailors sent just three athletes, but still came home with two first-place medals and three second place.

First, Siuslaw joined Churchill, Cottage Grove, Junction City, La Pine, Marist, Marshfield and North Bend on the Marist Catholic High campus for the Marist invitation.

There were many highlights for the Viks.

The star of the day for SHS was senior Chad Hughes, who won the two longest races of the day, winning the 1500m in 4:18.91 and the 3000m in 9.28.42.

Siuslaw’s other first place finish was junior Sam Ulrich, who won the 800 in 2:04.19.

Other highlights for the boys included junior Hunter Petterson, who finished second in the 100m in 11.76.

Additionally, the shot put boys had some great performances from the Vikings.

Junior Jonathon Rose, who switched from glide to spin for the first time at this meet, finished an impressive third with a personal best of 41’5.5. Rose then finished fourth in discus (127’8”).

Sophomore Cort Wagoner also set a PR in the shot put with a throw of 38’2”.

Other highlights included senior Rhys Fleming’s third place in the javelin (146’1”) and the 4×400 relay team’s third place in their race. A team of two freshmen (Wesley Nicholls and Ray Brito Xilot) and two juniors (Petterson and Ulrich) finished in 3:41.36.

The men’s team finished second with 113 points, between Sky-Em League rivals Marshfield (first, 122.5) and Cottage Grove (third, 102).

The top performing girls were also long distance runners.

With a strong push at the end of the race, senior Rylee Colton moved from fifth to third in the 1500m with a personal best 5:04.19. Freshman Maya Wells finished sixth in the race with a personal best 5:31.56.

In the 3000m race, Viking rookie Macy McNeill finished third (12:12.81) and runner-up Jane Lacouture finished just behind her for fourth (12:51.29).

Makayla Bender continued her impressive freshman season by setting two personal bests to finish fourth in the 100m hurdles (21.28 PR) and fifth in the 300m hurdles (59.87 PR).

The Viking girls finished eighth in the team race with 43 points. Host team Marist won the women’s tag team competition with 140 points.

On Saturday, the Sailor Track Team was on McKenzie Community Track for their second special District 2 meet of the season.

With only three athletes competing, a team’s chances of victory were nil. This did not deter the three MHS athletes from putting on quite a show.

The most exciting development of the day was the 2022 debut of junior Emily Neece. In her first encounter of the season, she showed very little sign of rust.

Neece set a personal best in the shot put at 28’10.25”. That mark earned him a first-place medal in, surprisingly, his first competition of the season. Neece also took third place with a personal best discus (66’5”) and was sixth in the javelin (50’3”).

Senior Joe Shepard continued his quest for a state triple jump title. He won the event with a jump of 38’6”. Shepard also earned three second-place finishes, in the 300m hurdles (51.73 PR), high jump (5’4″) and long jump (17’5.5″).

Junior Caleb Lewis’ highlight was his fifth place finish in the high jump (4’8”).

In what will be a treat for local track and field fans, Mapleton and Siuslaw will compete together at McKenzie on Saturday April 9 in the AMJ Invitational. The first events start at 10:30 a.m.

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